re: alternate trips
- You might take a trip on the western side of the Sierras. Start at a
trailhead such as Lodgepole, Crescent Meadow or Roadend in Sequoia, or
start at Hetch Hetchy or White Wolf in Yosemite. The western slope is
more gradual, there is much more vegetation, and the conditions will be
more summerlike sooner.
- Yes, Rae Lakes Loop is nice. You could start at Roadend, go up Paradise
Valley, catch the JMT at Woods Creek (there's a bridge to cross it) and
hike up to Rae Lakes. If the snow is too radical on Glen Pass you could
always go back out the same way you came in. But maybe Glen would be
melted out enough by then to get over with ease.
- Consider any of the eight sections (1 to 6-days each) of the Tahoe Rim Trail, great right now for thru hiker practice in spring conditions (snow and creek crossings), yet close to civilization for quick bail-outs.http://www.tahoerimtrail.org/ and http://www.mountaineducation.org/ to see what it looks like right now and our (Mountain Education's) coverage of the trail experience under "News."
"Just remember, Be Careful out there!"Ned Tibbits, Director
1106A Ski Run Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, Ca. 96150